I seem to be adding some more small projects along with the big 55 gallon drum idea. It’s okay now that I defined what I was feeling for the 7 year food project and have good start as well as a plan for the next few months I’m happy with my goals. It was strange that both riverrider and I felt a very similar compulsions as we are very different types of preppers with different motivations and goals. We are both approaching the same problem but with very different solutions and I think both are viable ways to get your food storage done. I figure to get 150-200 pounds stored in a barrel and then buy the next “drum” and get started on filling it with 150-200 pounds. I think that will give me the flexibility to take advantage of what’s on sale in the future. Whole wheat is kind of low in price, oats are high and corn is sort of in between so I can fill up on wheat and corn and get oats as I can afford in smaller batches. Plus 50 pounds of oats should be more than enough for one person for a year.
RR is going with the Super pail method and I think that is great. Remember your storage must fit in with your life not somone elses ideal. If your system works for you go for it and if you want please share it. I don’t have all the answers just what is working for me. I try to be as forthright as possible so you can gauge what you can use and what you can toss away.
I’m looking forward to getting the bean barrel started this month as lentils and split peas are still a bargain. Lentils are a great protein substitute and are easy to add into soups and stews. Cash & Carry has several types of split peas and I can’t wait to see if there is a difference in flavor of the different color of peas. Even if there is no difference in taste having different colors will help, as we first eat with our eyes and just seeing another color may help with food fatigue. I’ve been adding cornmeal into my diet and so far my body is okay with it. We Americans tend to eat so much processed foods that when we go back to eating staples and whole grains it can really mess up your digestive track. If all you have ever had is white bread going whole wheat can be hard on your body. You can mix half white flour with whole wheat and give your body time to adjust. If you haven’t been eating from your long term food storage start introducing a few meals a week. Because you probably need to practice cooking these foods and your body will need time to adjust to real food.
It still sucks for buying ammo heck I saw 20 rounds of Mosin-Nangant 7.62×54 going for over $25.00 a box. Before the PTBs started playing silly buggers with gun control it was $6.00-$8.00 for a box of 20. This is a 100 year old plus Russian bolt-action rifle. I’m not knocking the rifle or ammo but I find this price almost unbelievable. In the month of January, Americans bought more rifles than the Chinese and Indian Armies have in stock combined. I think most preppers and survivalists are not buying much and this is mostly new shooters and beginning preppers/survivalists. I like seeing folks get prepared but just buying guns and ammo covers only a small part. Most of us realize there is heck of a lot more involved. But anything that annoys and flusters the PTBs is a “good thing” in my book.
Tuesday I will be taking Mom shopping so I can use her 10% discount at the farm store and Paul’s grocery store for a great deal on Ibuprofen (500 ct. for $5.00) and pork chops ($1.28 per pound). We are going out to a little store/ gas station for some more real gas to have on hand. Gas prices are rising again so having few cans safely stored is going to be good to have on hand. I like real non-ethanol gas for storage and my car. I seem to get about 5-10% better mileage using the non-ethanol gas and I know it’s better for my engine and ironically the environment. I’m not sure I’ll meet my goal of 100 gallons of real gas stored this year as I seem to adding new projects weekly. I have my trike for back up transportation and at least a couple of tanks worth of gas should be okay to have on hand.
We are living in historic times we are going to see a major shift in people and in politics and I have no idea how it will play out. Will it be a new Renaissance or go back to the Dark ages and neo-fuedalism. We can go either way and it will be interesting to see what choices people and governments make of more freedom or less. So far it’s not looking good but it’s still early days.